Here is a wonderful vintage Linn LP12 Sondek turntable outfitted with a Grace 707 tonearm. This unit is in good working order and, when set up correctly, sounds fantastic. This Linn LP12 is an early model and has had no modifications done to it. A rare species, indeed! It is shown with Shure V15 cartridge that IS NOT INCLUDED though is for sale in another listing. If you buy both, I'm happy to combine shipping.
The turntable holds speed and, currently, is set perfectly at 33 rpm. The platter's bearing is smooth and has no play. The tonearm bearings are also quite smooth and the arm tracks wonderfully. The collar of plastic that holds the tonearm lifter shows signs of stress fractures (common for this tonearm) but is not broken and holds the lifter in place without movement. The original finger-lift was misplaced years ago and I've fitted an old Micro Seiki finger-lift in its place. It works great and looks fine. Depending on what cartridge you are using, you may need to add a weight (not included) to the headshell assembly.
It comes with an original Linn Sondek dust cover but I do not have the hinges and simply rest the dust cover on top of the player when I'm not using it. If you look closely at the tonearm you will see that the weight for the anti-skate or bias is missing. In its place is a small coil of solder that I have been using to set the anti-skate. While this isn't the prettiest solution it has worked fine for me throughout the years. The original Grace tonearm cable is included. It works fine though the ground wire was cut short and I extended it with some black wire and heat shrink. The original tonearm cartridge leads were replaced using Cardas litz wire and Cardas cartridge clips. A new belt is also included. While I know it is popular to run these turntables without a bottom plate, I replaced the bottom plate of this with a piece of 1/4 inch hardboard. I also replaced the feet with new rubber footers.
There are some cosmetic imperfections on the tonearm board toward the front (see photos).
Please note that, while this is a working turntable, a great deal of setup and technical skills are required for this sort of player. This will be shipped with both the platter and sub-platter removed, the bearing oil drained and cleaned out, the sub chassis immobilized, and the tonearm removed from the turntable. You will be required to re-assemble the turntable, re-lubricate the bearing, install and calibrate the tonearm, install and calibrate your cartridge, properly adjust the speed and suspension, and, in general, set it up correctly. What I'm trying to say is that this is a great turntable for a hobbyist but not a great turntable for someone who is looking to just "set it and forget it". Because this is such a delicate piece of equipment it is being sold AS IS and AS SHOWN. What you see in the photos is what you get. I guarantee that it will not show up dead but if you do something like break the cartridge leads off the head shell or over tighten that plastic collar that holds the tonearm lifter I can not be held responsible. Such failures are part of this hobby and part of maintenance - especially, with a piece of this age.